Belarus Programme

The Belarus Grants Programme aims to empower civil society organisations, initiatives and groups in Belarus to advance human rights and civic participation in decision making.

Who is eligible to apply:

  • Belarusian civil society organisations, initiatives and groups regardless of their registration status.
  • Non-governmental​
  • Non-political​
  • Non-religious​
  • Non-profit​
  • Working towards democratic development of Belarus

Human rights-based approach (HRBA) serves as a basis for evaluating submitted projects. This approach involves empowering and enabling people to exercise their rights, while at the same time increasing accountability and capacities of institutions and individuals responsible for the provision of those rights. ForumCiv focuses on the responsibilities of governments to guarantee the human rights of their citizens and bring lasting structural changes to society.

Therefore, we support proposals that actively work towards sustainable changes in their societies at a local and/or national level, around social inclusion of discriminated people and active popular participation in decision-making, influencing the recognition and respect of human rights and enabling cross-sectorial and innovative cooperation with different actors.

The budget of the proposed project can be up to 100 000 euros and the project has to end until the 31-st of December, 2022. 

To apply, fill in and send the enclosed concept note form (not more than 2 pages of A4 format) and budget to [email protected] with e-mail subject “Call for applications 2020”. The ideas for projects that are relevant for the context of Belarus and priorities of the Programme will be assessed in the first stage of selection. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to fill in the full application form. The concept note and budget forms can be filled out in English, Russian or Belarusian languages.


The call is announced on an open window basis, meaning that there is no deadline for submission of concept notes until further notice.